As his career was spiralling downhill leaving behind what can easily be described as a disgraceful list of failing romantic comedies and unwise film choices, Vince Vaughn proved once more his true essence, one of a talented and visionary actor. Well, I must admit that I have never been attracted to gory and extremely provocative pictures of the kind of "brawl in cell block 99" and believe me when I say that this picture hasn't started showing its true nature until the second act, but man did it show some muscle. This beautifully directed, written-and even gorgeously scored- picture by ,,,,, has one of the most brilliantly executed action scenes, ones that I mistakenly thought of Mr. Vaughn uncapable of such a performance, for he has truly, and finally, changed his style. How could I imagine that a man whose career has been cursed by half-witted characters-, as harsh as my words may seem-or just consider, not even by the time the sequel to "Bill and Ted" is made, that Vince Vaughn could pull such an exhilarating and enjoyable performance, not to mention dedicating his effort to make a very noticeable physical change, the actor went from the attitude and the appeal of the clumsy but nice man next door to the one who knocks down that door.
Still, let's not emphasise on the action side of the movie, not to undermine its greatness and accuracy, but to move to the more drama related part of the picture. To be honest , in spite of the shameless amount of movies on which I absurdly spent years watching in an obvious gesture of irrelevance and self-loathing, I have never heard of the name Steven Craig Zahler director, writer and composer of this staggering picture: the man succeeded at perfecting the tension in the movie by introducing a Tarantino vibe into it and focusing more on narrow spaces and smartly written dialogue, that leaves space to both great set pieces and an incredible performance by the one man cast Vince Vaughn . I am gravely disappointed that this picture have not been nominated to a notable or honouring award, because I was really moved by his worthy performance , one that impersonates grit and remorse , but depicts true love and compassion towards one's family , this performance brought the needed pause that would have made this picture as forgettable as every cliché action movie , interrupting the mayhem, blood and the good old vendetta plan that is the subject of the picture and smoothly binding it with a very heart warming tale of a repentant man who sensed true guilt in his past of crime, but was forced into it once more by the ruthless and soulless American lifestyle, to find himself threatened with losing everything that made him embrace his sinful past in the first place. Such a balance is rarely to be found in such an underdog picture, it has delivered us one of this year's greatest pictures, one that our public seemingly does not deserve in view of its poor commercial performance, one of the likes of Blade runner 2049 and "Logan lucky" .